Engaging New Atheists: Agreeing with Christopher Hitchens

Pluralistic World

The early 21st century has introduced puzzling cultural cross currents for the traditional Christian. On the one hand, many postmodern young adults are unabashed…

Engaging the New Atheists (III): Resources

Books / Pluralistic World

For those who would like a few resources to help think through the claims of the New Atheists, I will suggest three. The first…

I Am Addicted to Diversion. Are You?

Maturity and Flourishing / Pluralistic World

Here are two anecdotes, and the point I want to make. One. This past weekend I checked a spy novel out of the library,…

Virtues by an atheist

Books / Faith / Pluralistic World

Alain de Botton, philosopher and author of The Architecture of Happiness (which I recommend) has launched a project through The School of Life (theschooloflife.com)…

Facing Guns and Horror

Community / Pluralistic World / Spirituality

In a thoughtful and pained reflection, “The Inexplicable: Inside the mind of a mass killer,” Norwegian writer Karl Ove Knausgaard tries to comprehend the…

The Power of Ideas

Culture / Pluralistic World

Over the years scholars have looked back on Stalin’s bloody and brutal dictatorship and tried to explain how such a man could have done…

Is Everything Political?

Community / Ordinary Life / Pluralistic World / Spirituality

In Our Only World (2015), Wendell Berry argues that people must be careful to resist the temptation of politicization: the habit of mind that…

Against Me!, Transgender Dysphoria Blues (2014)

Music / Pluralistic World

Music for a transgender journey In the contemporary American dialogue about sexual expression, there are increasing numbers of individuals talking about the transgender experience.…

Slipping into politicization

Faith / Pluralistic World

One of the characteristics of 21st century American culture—part of what earlier generations called “the spirit of the age”—is the politicization of life. What…